Richard Petty: Dale Earnhardt Jr. shouldn’t resume racing due to risk

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While much of the NASCAR world is looking forward to the return of Dale Earnhardt Jr. to racing, NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty believes Earnhardt shouldn’t for the sake of his own longterm health.

Petty told Fox Sports 1’s “NASCAR Race Hub” that he’d rather see the 42-year-old Earnhardt not return to racing for the sake of his own health.

Earnhardt has a history of racing-related concussions, including missing the second half of the 2016 season due to concussion symptoms.

“He’s lived half his life and he don’t need to be messed up going to the next [half],” Petty said of Earnhardt to Race Hub.

Earnhardt is eagerly anticipating his return to the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet next week at Daytona International Speedway.

Petty, however, cautions otherwise.

“I was a little disappointed that he did,” Petty told Race Hub” of Earnhardt’s return. “I just feel like he got through with it two or three times, and he had some pretty big knocks in the head.

“I’ve had them too – I think I still live in one of them – but hitting mine was never that bad.”

Petty also noted in the “Race Hub” interview that Carl Edwards retired at the end of last season while still healthy.

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NASCAR on NBC podcast, Ep. 90: Roger Slack

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Eldora Speedway general manager Roger Slack joined the NASCAR on NBC podcast to discuss his track’s past, present and possible future with NASCAR.

Slack detailed the run-up to the initial “secret” test with Tony Stewart and Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon that led to scheduling a Camping World Truck Series race that recently completed its fifth edition.

Slack also discussed the storied history of Eldora, which opened in 1954 and was bought by Stewart 50 years later.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the AudioBoom embed below or download and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts by clicking here. The free subscription will provide automatic downloads of new episodes to your smartphone.

It also is available on Stitcher by clicking here and also can be found on Google Play, Spotify and a host of other smartphone apps.

NASCAR America: How Daniel Suarez found out he was replacing Carl Edwards (video)

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On Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR America, Daniel Suarez recalled the moment he got the call that he was being promoted to replace Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Cup Series at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Suarez was at dinner back home in Mexico with family and friends when JGR officials called and him to be ready for a teleconference in a few moments.

Suarez stepped away, telling his dinner partners he’d be back shortly — which ultimately lasted 40 minutes.

When he returned to the dinner table, he couldn’t tell anything about the phone call — JGR officials swore him to secrecy — but he eventually revealed that he had been promoted to the NASCAR Cup Series to replace Edwards, who had decided to take a hiatus from his racing career.

Check out the video above.

 

 

NASCAR America: What Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other (video)

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Daniel Suarez appeared on Wednesday’s live broadcast of NASCAR America from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina,

One of the funniest segments of Suarez’s visit was a video and verbal collage of how much he and his fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other — all in good humor, of course.

Check out the video above where Suarez, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch answer the “tough questions” about themselves, as well as how they feel about their fellow teammates.

NASCAR America: Daniel Suarez’s journey from Mexico and VW Beetles to NASCAR champion (video)

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In winning last year’s Xfinity Series championship, Mexican native Daniel Suarez became NASCAR’s first international champion.

It was the culmination of a journey that began with his father and, interestingly enough, Volkswagen Beetles.

Check out Suarez’s story and the thoughts about his success and prowess by our NASCAR America analysts in the video above.

Speaking of VW Beetles, Suarez’s father sold his restoration shop to fund his son’s racing dream. Years later, Daniel repaid his father by purchasing a new restoration shop for him. See the video below.